Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014 Spring Training

(Updated 3/27/2014)

Players in Mets MLB camp (32)

Under Contract (7)
1. SP Bartolo Colon (R)
2. SP Jon Niese (L)
3. RP John Lannan (L)
4. RP Jose Valverde (R)
5. 3B David Wright (R)
6. OF Curtis Granderson (L)
7. OF Chris Young (R)

Under Arbitration Contract (7)
8. SP Dillon Gee (R)
9. RP Bobby Parnell (R)
10. 1B Ike Davis (L)
11. 1B Lucas Duda (L)
12. 2B Daniel Murphy (L)
13. SS Ruben Tejada (R) - out of options
14. OF Eric Young (S) - out of options

On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Out of Options (1)
15. RP Carlos Torres (R) - out of options

On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Options Remaining (11)
16. SP Matt Harvey (R) - Headed to DL
17. SP Jenrry Mejia (R)
18. SP Zack Wheeler (R)
19. RP Jeurys Familia (R)
20. RP Gonzalez Germen (R)
21. RP Scott Rice (L)
22. C Travis d'Arnaud (R)
23. C Anthony Recker (R)
24. 1B Josh Satin (R)
25. OF Andrew Brown (R)
26. OF Juan Lagares (R)

Minor League Contract, $100K Retention Bonus Paid (1)
27. SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (R)

Minor League Contract, No Retention Bonus (7)
28. SP Jeremy Hefner (R) - Headed to DL
29. C Taylor Teagarden (R)
30. 3B Eric Campbell (R)
31. SS Omar Quintanilla (L)
32. SS Anthony Seratelli (S)

Breakdown by Position:
* Players may be listed under multiple positions.
--- Under Contract
--- Under Arbitration Contract
--- On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Out of Options
--- On 40-Man, Pre-Arb, Options Remaining
--- Minor League Contract, $100K Retention Bonus Paid
--- Minor League Contract, No Bonus

Starting Pitcher (6):
--- Bartolo Colon (R)
--- Jon Niese (L)
--- Dillon Gee (R)
--- Jenrry Mejia (R)
--- Zack Wheeler (R)
--- Daisuke Matsuzaka (R)

Relief Pitcher (8):
--- John Lannan (L)
--- Jose Valverde (R)

--- Bobby Parnell (R)
--- Carlos Torres (R) - out of options
--- Jeurys Familia (R)
--- Gonzalez Germen (R)
--- Jenrry Mejia (R)
--- Scott Rice (L)

Catcher (3):
--- Travis d'Arnaud (R)
--- Anthony Recker (R)
--- Taylor Teagarden (R)

First Base (4):
--- Ike Davis (L)
--- Lucas Duda (L)
--- Josh Satin (R)
--- Eric Campbell (R)

Second Base (3):
--- Daniel Murphy (L)
--- Omar Quintanilla (L)
--- Anthony Seratelli (S)

Third Base (3):
--- David Wright (R)
--- Josh Satin (R)
--- Eric Campbell (R)

Shortstop (3):
--- Ruben Tejada (R) - out of options
--- Omar Quintanilla (L)
--- Anthony Seratelli (S)

Outfield (5):
--- Curtis Granderson (L)
--- Chris Young (R)
--- Eric Young (S) - out of options
--- Andrew Brown (R)
--- Juan Lagares (R)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mets 2013 Draft Results

Players have until Friday, July 12th to sign. Picks in the first 10 rounds in the draft are assigned pool values. The total pool value of the Mets' 11 picks from the 2013 Draft's first 10 rounds is $6,990,000. If the Mets sign all of these first 11 picks, that total represents the penalty-free money they would be able to spend. Any amount over that total would be taxed at a 75% rate. Any amount more than 5% over that total would result in the loss of future draft picks (this is a threshold that has not yet been breached by any club). Additionally, for all signings outside the first 10 rounds for more than $100,000, the overage counts against the pool total. Any unsigned picks from the first 10 rounds do not contribute their pick value to the Mets 2013 pool.

RndPlayerSigning BonusPool AllotmentDifferenceOfficial?
1Dominic Smith$2,600,000$2,840,300$240,300 - UnderYes
2Andrew Church$850,000$1,138,800$288,800 - UnderYes
3Ivan Wilson$624,900$724,900$100,000 - UnderYes
3Casey Meisner$500,000$640,900$140,900 - UnderYes
4LJ Mazzilli$300,000$441,800$141,800 - UnderYes
5Jared King$450,000$330,800$119,200 - OverYes
6Champ Stuart$300,000$247,700$52,300 - OverYes
7Matt Oberste$325,000$185,700$139,300 - OverYes
8Ricky Knapp$130,000$156,500$26,500 - UnderYes
9Patrick Biondi$10,000$146,200$136,200 - UnderYes
10Luis Guillorme$200,000$136,400$63,600 - OverYes
11Ty Bashlor$550,000up to $100,000$450,000 - OverYes
12Jeff McNeilUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
13Kevin McGowanUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
15Colton PlaiaUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
16Zach MathieuUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
17John MagliozziUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
18Brent McMinnUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
20Dan Herrmann$200,000up to $100,000$100,000 - OverYes
23Gaither BumgardnerUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
25Ricky JacquezUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
28Robby ColesUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
33Ryan ChapmanUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
34Cameron GriffinUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
35Ty WilliamsUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
36Brandon Brosher$167,500up to $100,000$67,500 - OverYes
38Paul PaezUnknownup to $100,000UnknownYes
Pool Total $6,907,400$6,990,000$82,600 - Under

Thanks to everyone who tweets, e-mails, etc to help me put this list together & keep it updated. Hat tips, especially, to @PSLToFlushing, @nymets945, @tobyhyde, @MitchNYM, @WexlerRules, @DanDotLewis, @RealKenDick, and obviously @jimcallisBA and all the folks at @BaseballAmerica.

Players in bold have officially signed.

RndPickPlayerPosSchool (Class, if college)BA Top 500
111Dominic Smith1BJunipero Serra HS, CA14
248Andrew ChurchRHPBasic HS, NV89
376Ivan WilsonOFRuston HS, LA140
384Casey MeisnerRHPCypress Woods HS, TX246
4116LJ Mazzilli2BUConn (Sr) 250
5146Jared KingOFKansas State (Jr)68
6176Champ StuartOFBrevard College (Jr)199
7206Matt Oberste1BOklahoma (Jr)120
8236Ricky KnappRHPFlorida Gulf Coast (Jr)187
9266Patrick BiondiOFMichigan (Sr)247
10296Luis GuillormeSSCoral Springs Charter HS, FL222
11326Ty BashlorRHPSouth Georgia JC, GA323
12356Jeff McNeilSSCal State - Long Beach (Jr)396
13386Kevin McGowanRHPFranklin Pierce (Jr)Not Ranked
14416JD LeckenbyRHPWashington State (Jr)Not Ranked
15446Colton PlaiaCLoyola Marymount (Sr)334
16476Zach Mathieu1BFranklin Pierce (Jr)Not Ranked
17506John MagliozziRHPFlorida (So)439
18536Brent McMinnRHPNevada (Jr)443
19566Cody CrouseRHPBloomingdale Sr HS, FLNot Ranked
20596Dan HerrmannRHPChristian Brothers College HS, MONot Ranked
21626Morgan EarmanRHPDesert Christian Academy, CA420
22656Daniel ProcopioRHPCentral Technical School, CanadaNot Ranked
23686Gaither BumgardnerRHPSouth Carolina - Upstate (Sr)Not Ranked
24716Matt BrillRHPMoline HS, IN Not Ranked
25746Ricky JacquezRHPCentral Arizona JCNot Ranked
26776Owen SpiwakCCawthra Park SS, CanadaNot Ranked
27806Austin ColeyRHPBelmont (So)Not Ranked
28836Robby ColesRHPFlorida State (Jr)Not Ranked
29866Anthony KayLHPWard Melville HS, NYNot Ranked
30896David McKaySSViera HS, FLNot Ranked
31926Ben HechtRHPSt. Anthony School, ILNot Ranked
32956Juan EscaraCMater Academy Charter School, FLNot Ranked
33986Ryan ChapmanRHPSanta Ana JCNot Ranked
341016Cameron GriffinRHPColumbus State (Sr)Not Ranked
351046Ty WilliamsRHPSeminole State JCNot Ranked
361076Brandon Brosher1BSpringstead HS, FLNot Ranked
371106Juan Avena1BCompton JCNot Ranked
381136Paul PaezLHPRio Hondo JC391
391166Logan Quimuyog1BMosley HS, FLNot Ranked
401196JB WoodmanOFEdgewater HS, FL135

2013 Mets Prospect Report: Week 9 (5/30 - 6/5)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Luis Cessa, SP (A) - 7.2 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Cessa is part of a Sand Gnats rotation that all season has been taking turns being fantastic. On the season, Cessa has tossed 53.2 innings and has struck out 50 against just 9 walks. He's been susceptible to the long ball, having surrendered 8 HRs, but clearly that wasn't a problem this past week, when he left the game with 2 outs in the 8th after collecting 10 strikeouts and allowing just 2 hits, no walks, and no runs. Cessa is one of several low cost, under-the-radar international prospects who signed under former Mets GM Omar Minaya to break out over the past two calendar years. For all Minaya's failings (and they were plentiful), he and his team did an excellent job scouring the Latin market for low-profile pitching prospects. Cessa just turned 21 this April, so his success in full season ball is more interesting than when a college guy breezes through the league's more inexperienced hitters. Highlighting one of the problems that accompanies signing 16-year-olds, Cessa will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft for a second time this year. Given his success (and assuming it continues), he may be attractive enough for another team to take a shot at hiding him in the back of a Major League bullpen for the 2014 season. After locking Hansel Robles into a 40-man spot last year, it'll be interesting to see if the Mets go the same route with Cessa, or whether they'll take their chances. If he does go unselected (or gets protected), I expect the Mets to move him one step at a time, meaning he'd start the 2014 season in the Florida State League. The Major Leagues are still very, very far away.

Age: 21
Acquired: 2008-09 International Period

Signing Bonus: Unknown (presumable minimal)
MLB ETA: 2016

Honorable Mention:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013 Mets Prospect Report: Week 8 (5/23 - 5/29)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Jack Leathersich, RP (AA) - 2.2 IP, 0-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Any of the four starters in the Honorable Mention section would have been a fine choice for this spot, but I almost chose Leathersich last week so I put my finger on the scale and gave it to him this week. This has been a pretty typical week for the 22-year-old lefty, which is remarkable. Since the Mets drafted Leathersich in 2011, he has faced 456 hitters across four minor league levels and he has struck out 184 of them (40.4%). This despite a fastball that lives in the low 90s. To put that in perspective, the only Major League pitchers with a better strikeout rate over that period are Craig Kimbrel (46.2%), Aroldis Chapman (42.4%), and Kenley Jansen (41.4%). In fact, those three stud closers are the only MLBers with a K% north of even 35% over the past two calendar years. Leathersich's strikeout numbers are the eye-catcher, but his whole body of work this year has been impressive. He's been unscored upon in 17 of his 18 appearances this season. In May, Leathersich has 24 strikeouts against 3 walks and 5 hits in 11.1 innings. I fully expect the Mets to move the strikeout artist up to AAA in the fairly near future. And perhaps we'll even see Leathersich in Queens this September. Although as a 2011 draftee, there's no Rule 5 pressure pushing him north yet. One more thing, Leathersich is not a LOOGY. In fact, he exhibits an unusual (and significant) reverse platoon split. This year, lefties have hit .368/.455/.579 with 5 strikeouts in 22 plate appearances. Righties have "hit" .118/.238/.118 with 40 strikeouts in 81 plate appearances. It's not just a small sample quirk (though the effect is exaggerated in this small sample). Last year, lefties outhit righties against Leathersich too (.707 OPS for LHH vs. .515 OPS for RHH), and that was in 306 PA. He might not be the best prospect in the system, but he's certainly among the more interesting.

Age: 22
Acquired: 2011 Draft (Round 5, Overall Pick 162)

Signing Bonus: $110,000
MLB ETA: 2013-14

Honorable Mention:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 Mets Prospect Report: Week 7 (5/16 - 5/22)

Top Pitching Prospect of the Week

Steven Matz, SP (A) - 6.0 IP, 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

An overslot pick in a forgettable 2009 Mets draft, Matz has spent most of his 3 and a half years in the system dealing with arm issues. So being 21 (22 next week) and still in A-ball doesn't really raise any age-related red flags. It helps that the hard-throwing lefty has been outstanding so far for the Sand Gnats. In 34.2 innings this year, Matz has collected 39 strikeouts (10.1 K/9) and issued 11 walks (2.9 BB/9). This past week, Matz matched his career high in strikeouts (9) and innings pitched (6), both set last year in Kingsport. It remains to be seen whether Matz winds up a starter or a reliever, but the only real task right now is for him to get some innings under his belt and stay healthy. Matz will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this December, and as a left-handed pitcher who can hit the upper 90s with his fastball, he'd be close to a lock, in my opinion, to get selected despite this being his first crack at A ball. As such, he's close to a shoe in to be added to the 40-man roster next November. If Matz continues demonstrating that his stuff is too good for the South Atlantic League, I could see the Mets moving him to St. Lucie this summer. But whether that promotion comes this year or next, his season will have been a huge success if he can just stay healthy and keep logging innings.

Age: 21
Acquired: 2009 Draft (Round 2, Overall Pick 72)

Signing Bonus: $895,000
MLB ETA: 2015

Honorable Mention: